Breaking Up Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old breaking up quotes, breaking up sayings, and breaking up proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.

Marilyn Monroe

Lots of things can be fixed. Things can be fixed. But many times, relationships between people cannot be fixed, because they should not be fixed. You're aboard a ship setting sail, and the other person has joined the inland circus, or is boarding a different ship, and you just can't be with each other anymore. Because you shouldn't be.      

C. JoyBell C.

When things break, it's not the actual breaking that prevents them from getting back together again. It's because a little piece gets lost -- the two remaining ends couldn't fit together even if they wanted to. The whole shape has changed.

David Levithan

And that's when I know it's over. As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it's the end.     

Junot Diaz

Two words. Three vowels. Four constenants. Seven letters. It can either cut you open to the core and leave you in ungodly pain or it can free your soul and lift a tremendous weight off you shoulders. The phrase is: It's over.     

Maggi Richard

When she left, it was like someone had ripped my heart out, crumbled it up like a flimsy piece of loose leaf paper and crammed it back into my chest. It somehow managed to work, but it would never, ever feel the same.

Steph Campbell

Hold on to the thought that no emotion lasts forever, no matter how wonderful or how terrible the emotion may be. The tears may last a little longer than you would like, but it will get better. I promise.

Osayi Osar-Emokpae

Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.

Guy Finley

The harder you slam a ball into the ground, the higher it bounces back up? A divorce, a breakup, losing a job, or just feeling seriously down can ground you, rough you up a bit, leave calluses on your feet and grit under your finger nails. But more than that, it leaves you wiser and stronger next time? Life is about experiencing opposites isn?t it?     

Laurel House

This is why we call people exes, I guess because the paths that cross in the middle end up separating at the end. It's too easy to see an X as a cross-out. It's not, because there's no way to cross out something like that. The X is a diagram of two paths.

John Green

We must be willing to let go of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.      

Joseph Campbell

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.     

Gilda Radner

If a relationship is going wrong, if a marriage is going wrong, the answer cannot simply be to say, 'You can't afford to break up because you are going to lose the house.' The answer has to be only one thing, which is 'I love you.'     

Rory Stewart

If you say, I love you, then you have already fallen in love with language, which is already a form of break up and infidelity.     

Jean Baudrillard

In my own relationships, I know that I should break up with someone who doesn't encourage me to be strong and make my own choices and do what's best in my life, so if you're dating someone who doesn't want you to be the best person you can be, you shouldn't be dating them.     

Veronica Roth

When you break up, your whole identity is shattered. It's like death.

Dennis Quaid

Groups break up because they never got across what they wanted to do personally, and they have creative differences, and egos start to clash.     

Kendrick Lamar

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

Albert Einstein

You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Christopher Columbus

Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.     

Washington Irving

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.     

Alexander Graham Bell

I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken, and I'd rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken pieces as long as I lived.

Margaret Mitchell

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.     

E.M. Forster

Letting go doesn't mean that you don't care about someone anymore. It's just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.

Deborah Reber

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

New clothes are a great way to deal after a breakup. A good mix CD also helps you get through it and you know, 72 hours of ice cream.

Jennifer Love Hewitt

After a breakup, it takes a couple weeks for the fog to settle, but it's always a period of self-priority and growth. Life presents you with so many decisions. A lot of times, they're right in front of your face and they're really difficult, but we must make them.     

Brittany Murphy

When you break up, your whole identity is shattered. It's like death.

Dennis Quaid

The best way to mend a broken heart is time and girlfriends.     

Gwyneth Paltrow

Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.

Charles Dickens